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The Iglesia group addresses the design, synthesis, and structural and functional characterization of inorganic solids useful as catalysts for reactions relevant to the production, conversion and use of energy carriers, the sustainable synthesis of petrochemicals, and the minimization of environmental impacts of energy conversion and use. Current research includes designing catalysts for converting C1 and oxygenate molecules to fuels and large-volume chemicals as bridges to carbon-free energy platforms, the formation mechanism and reactivity consequences of oxygen species in oxidation and deoxygenation turnovers, the design, synthesis, and catalytic use of active sites at specific locations within confined environments to enforce molecular traffic constraints and preferential stabilization of specific transition states, and the mechanistic consequences of dense phases, whether intrapore liquids or dense surface adlayers, in solvating precursors and transition states.

This research is enabled by novel synthetic protocols to prepare active nanostructures and isolated single-site catalysts within porous solids and by techniques for assessing their location, structure, and atomic connectivity, in most instances during catalytic reactions. It also exploits steady-state and transient kinetic methods and isotopically-labeled molecules to elucidate the mechanism of reactions on surfaces, at the level of primary and secondary reaction paths, but also, and most relevantly, in terms of the elementary processes that mediate catalytic sequences. The general approach involves systematic experimental inquiries into structure and function benchmarked against rigorous analysis by density functional theory and higher-level theoretical treatments.

LSAC News

Professor Iglesia Presents the Inaugural Wolfgang Sachtler Lecture at the Ipatieff Sesquicentennial Celebration at Northwestern University

September 7, 2017

Professor Enrique Iglesia presented a lecture on "Catalytic Routes to Fuels and Chemicals from C1 and Oxygenate Molecules" at Northwestern University in honor of Professor Wolfgang Sachtler, who was known for his research into the "ensemble size effect."


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Aditya Bhan appointed Journal of Catalysis Associate Editor

September 1, 2017

Congratulations to Aditya Bhan on his appointment as Associate Editor for the Journal of Catalysis.


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Trenton Otto and Samuel Leung Receive Awards for GSI Excellence

August 23, 2017
Trenton Otto
Samuel Leung

Congratulations to Trenton Otto and Sam Leung for receiving the Excellence in Teaching Award and the Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, respectively. Trent is recognized for his teaching of Chemical Engineering Lab. Sam is recognized for his teaching of Process Control.

Raj Gounder Selected as One of AIChE 35 Under 35 Chemical Engineers

August 10, 2017

Congratulations to Raj Gounder on his selection for the AIChE 35 Under 35 Award. Nominees are chosen because "they have made significant contributions to the Institute and to the chemical engineering profession."

Learning that chemical engineering “was among the most demanding undergraduate majors” was a reason for Gounder to pursue the degree, not shy away from it. An undergraduate research project sparked his interest in catalysis and academia, and positioned him to become an assistant professor of chemical engineering at Purdue Univ., where, he says, “I now spend most of every day thinking about catalysis.”

The goal of all that thought and research is to “enable catalysis to become a more quantitative and predictive science,” he says. A busy schedule makes it difficult for Gounder to protect his time for uninterrupted thinking and scholarly output. However, he enjoys the time he spends “working with and learning from talented, energetic, and creative students.”

Trenton Otto Receives Heinz Heinemann Award and Chevron Research Fellowship

May 1, 2017

Congratulations to Trenton for receiving two awards! He received the Chevron Research Fellowship and the Heinz Heinemann Award in recognition of his excellence in catalysis research.

Jane Shi Receives Senior Undergraduate Research Award

April 20, 2017

Congratulations to Jane for receiving the Senior Undergraduate Research Award "in recognition of [her] impressive academic record, and sustained and outstanding research accomplishments!"

Professor Enrique Iglesia Named National Academy of Inventors Fellow

December 13, 2016

Congratulations to Professor Iglesia on being named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. Professor Iglesia was among 175 distinguished academic inventors announced this year. Election to the NAI is "accorded solely to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and welfare of society."

24th Solvay Conference on Chemistry:
“Catalysis in Chemistry and Biology” (Brussels)

October 19-22, 2016

LSAC Member, Trenton Otto, receives Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award

August 24, 2016

Congratulations to Trent on being recognized for his teaching of CBE 140: Introduction to Chemical Process Analysis this past fall!

Remarks and ICC Historical Video, 16th ICC, Beijing, China

July 5, 2016

Professor Haichao Liu (Department of Chemistry, Peking University) has been appointed as an Editor of Journal of Catalysis

April 3, 2016

Michele Sarazen's presentation named Best in Session at the 251st ACS National Meeting

March 29, 2016

Michele's paper "Probing reactivity and selectivity of surface species during alkene chain growth on solid Brønsted acids" was named the best in her session at the 251st ACS National Meeting & Exposition.

Four LSAC members awarded prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships

March 29, 2016
Ari Fischer
Haefa Mansour
Four LSAC members were awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships this year!

Congratulations to Ari Fischer, Haefa Mansour, Marianne Sleiman, and Trenton Otto.



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LSAC Member, Gina Noh, awarded Chevron Fellowship and the ICC Young Scientist Prize

March 22, 2016

Congratulations to Gina for winning two awards this month! She received a 2016 Chevron Fellowship and the Young Scientist Prize for the 16th International Congress on Catalysis (ICC 16).


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